I have just returned from the Business Show at Excel (just outside Custom House on Docklands Light Railway). It wasn't as crowded as last time, six months ago, but there is a lot that budding entrepreneurs and people looking to explore ideas to expand can do well to pop in and have a look. Entrance is free, with registration at the gate.
There are two seminar halls, with a talk by a leading authority on a different subject, every half an hour. Raising finance, Search Engine Optimisation, London Transport during Olympics fortnight, James Caan, David Gold, Gurdas Sidhu (Knowledge to Trade, a Forex-trader pro, who will speak on Friday).
There was a presentation at the Angels Den, people getting a spot to pitch their business and look for Angels. Also they have Clinics to offer advice to people on how to move forward in business, raising finance and such issues.
There's a wall where you can stick your business card under different headings: Looking for work, Looking to raise finance. Different trades. May prove very worthwhile.
Companies House on formation of a Ltd Company (claim expenses on your trade, for van and clothes and so on),
Wiley Books, first left at the entrance, always have bargains at the show. Best-selling titles on how to do it Duncan Bannatyne's way, or Bill Gates' way, or Rachel Elnaugh's way, and so on. Also a brilliant selection of the Dummies series, on Preparing Business Plans, Launching Online Business, etc. £5 for a hardback of Think and Grow Rich.
A good investment, books are, and will pay off in the long term. Hint : please read, make notes and highlight books, and APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE.
Regardless of how it is today, in the future the economy will change. Some of the people who dream today will become millionaires in the future, they will be the Bill Gates and Duncan Bannatynes and James Caans of the future. So, guys, don't hesitate...go along to the Business Show, and pick up some inspiration for a brighter future. Several hours spent at the show is a good investment, and refreshing too.
Full of great ideas.